Homemade Payday Bars

Homemade Payday Bars | Cookies and Cups

I’ve been keeping a secret from you.

It’s sort of embarrassing.

I’ve signed up to do a Mini Triathlon.  Please stop laughing.  Or gasping.

I will tell you that I didn’t go about this on my own.

I was peer pressured.

You see, I have sporty friends who are all about working on their fitness. I am aware I need new friends, but until then I am stuck doing physical activities.  Because I can’t say no.

And also because I have an annoying affliction where I am worried I will miss out on ALLTHEFUN.

Clearly I am aware that there will be no fun on that triathlon day.  Yet still.  What IF? Anyhow, the event is in September.

And my husband has started asking me when I’m going to start “training”…which isn’t annoying at all.

But I am happy to say that I have made the first step in race preparation.

I bought a sports bra…

that counts, right?

Also, sports bras are annoyingly expensive and OMGuncomfortable.  Like running isn’t painful enough, I now have to have an undergarment hanging onto all my bits and pieces for dear life, as well?

Apparently if my friends jump off a bridge, you can guarantee that I won’t be far behind.  Luckily I never became friends with hobos.

So while I procrastinate my “training” I made some Homemade Payday Bars.

And just so you know, I got the recipe for these from one of my sporty friends…

She is clearly trying to sabotage me.

Homemade Payday Bars | Cookies and Cups

These are amazingly easy.

They’re a no-bake dessert..actually you just need a microwave.

Start with a greased 9×13. Layer half your peanuts on in the dish.
Peanut-topped Homemade Payday bars in a 9x13 panIn a large microwave safe bowl melt a bag of peanut butter chips and a few tablespoons of butter together…
Butterscotch chips and butter in a mixing bowlStir it until smooth.
Melted butter and butterscotch chips in a bowlWhen the chips and butter are melted pour in your sweetened condensed milk…
Sweetened condensed milk being poured into a bowl of melted butterscotch chipsStir that in and then add your marshmallows.
Mini marshmallows being added to a bowl of melted butterscotch mixtureAlso, this is the reason to use a large bowl…I did not…
Mini marshmallows on top of melted butterscotch mixture in a bowlStir that all up and pour over your nuts…

Peanuts covered with melted butterscotch mixture in a 9x13 panPress the remaining peanuts into the marshmallow mixture.Peanuts being added to a 9x13 pan of peanut and butterscotch mixture

Sprinkle some flaked sea salt on top and let them chill for a bit before cutting into squares.
Homemade Payday Bars | Cookies and CupsHere’s the sweet handwritten recipe…
Hand-written recipe for Microwave Salted Nut Rolls
Here’s printable recipe…


Homemade Payday Bars


makes 30 bars



  • 16 oz salted dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 cups peanut butter chips
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (10.5 oz) bag mini marshmallows
  • 12 tbsp flaked sea salt


  1. Spray 9×13 pan with baking spray or grease with butter. Sprinkle 1/2 peanuts in the bottom of the pan, reserving the other half for later
  2. In a large microwave safe bowl, heat peanut butter chips and butter in 30 second increments on 50% power. Stirring after each until melted.
  3. Pour in you sweetened condensed milk and microwave on high power for 1 more minute. Stir until smooth and combined.
  4. Fold in marshmallows to peanut butter mixture until evenly coated and then pour over your peanuts in the pan.
  5. Press the remaining nuts into the marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle with flaked sea salt and chill for about an hour.
  6. Cut into squares.


recipe from the kitchen of Angie Bonfanti.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Jun 5, 2019 8:24 pm

Can these these be stored at room temp or should be kept in the fridge? I ask because the sweetened condensed milk is stirred in , not cooked in the microwave.

Oct 4, 2018 12:18 pm

I’m so excited to make these for my dad’s birthday!! How do you recommend storing them??

Dec 19, 2017 1:39 pm

Has anyone tried making these with peanut butter instead of peanut butter chips? I’m out of the chips so I’m wondering if I can substitute just peanut butter.

Aug 26, 2017 10:57 am

I am making these for the BAJILLIONTH time! Always a hit and so super easy!

Jun 13, 2014 7:27 pm

Where do we buy peanut butter chips in Australia? never seen them could you use normal peanut butter?

Jun 10, 2014 10:11 am

Thank’s Shelly!!! I will do that 🙂

Jun 9, 2014 7:31 pm

Hello from Chile!! I have a question… here we don´t have peanut butter chips… can I replace them (and the butter) with normal or chunky peanut butter? I hope you can help me… these bars looks amazing!

Lori D
Nov 9, 2013 1:48 am

Found these on Pinterest and made them for work and they were a huge hit!! Thanks so much for sharing. Now going to check out the rest of your recipes! 😀

May 9, 2013 9:15 pm

Whoa. My husband will love me. And please, no more talk of running. It’s making me tired. 😉
P.S. Whenever you’re having a bad day of “training,” even if you just end up putting on the sports bra, or walking around the block, my motto is “A bad day at the gym is better than no day at the gym.” Fo’ real, yo. #highfive

May 7, 2013 10:29 pm

I have this exact same recipe that I posted back on December, 2011 on my blog. I got my recipe from a dear friend years ago except mine used the stove top and not the microwave oven. I found it interested that there has been recent surge in traffic to my post about them. I always wonder about such things. Glad to know that yours were just as tasty as mine. Yours look yummy. Good luck with your triathlon.

May 7, 2013 1:51 pm

Ohhhh boy. This recipe is going to get me into some serious trouble in the skinny jeans department.

May 7, 2013 12:27 pm

Yay! More candy bar bars! And good luck with the triathlon!

May 7, 2013 3:41 am

Oh my gosh you brave woman, good luck with the training for the triathlon! You’ll be happy you did it when it’s over, I think that’s the “fun” part they’re all referring to. 😉

Love pay day bars! And I absolutely love how easy these are to make! And that’s exciting you signed up for a mini triathalon-you can do it!:)

Jon Kelly
May 6, 2013 6:01 pm

So perhaps I’m the token male here, but I love to bake. My wife has a sweet tooth so baking is the quickest way to her heart!! I made these yesterday and they were fantastic! I think I’ll make them again but next time, I’m going to increase the peanut butter chip mixture and reduce the marshmallow. Can’t wait to try more of the other recipes on here…and I don’t run and I’ve never had a sports bra! 🙂

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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